A little paint and a few things from the home improvement store is all you need. As you’ve read in my older posts, I live in a 1970ish single wide that looked like this when we bought it:
This is what I had to work with. I honestly didn’t know where to start so I figured “ground up” was the best strategy. Although, I have not and will not buy the flooring until I am completely finished with the walls, ceilings and window replacements. So basically, I will not get new flooring till about 2018. Update, I finally got those new floors in February, 2013!
This single wide itself is only about 12 feet wide, the kitchen and dining area is about 14 and a half feet long. The pantry/closet combo on the right side takes up approximately 16 sq. ft. and the counters are very wide at around 2 ft. (in case you want to know specifics, I am to please).
The cabinets are, of course, the cheap particleboard with a very thin veneer/paper that has the image of real wood. I sanded the paper off the best I could and cleaned them very well. I bought the best, most expensive primer and paint as well as brushes and rollers. Painting kitchens and bathrooms is not the time to go cheap. It’s an investment and it is worth it.
I sanded. I painted and then sanded with fine paper again. I sanded again and painted again.The cabinets look great with my appliances, as the white gives a very clean look all around. Appliance repair parts will be really easy to find, without mismatching from the cabinets. I also painted the pantry door and the little wall that stands where the cabinets end with blackboard paint. The area of wall around the windows were painted with green apple. I think thinner coats and more of them is the way to go when painting. (I am not a professional, I’ve just painted several times in my life.)
The next step in the update was adding some shelving. I bought pre-made shelves that were very long in order to span the 2 windows over the sink. Then I added paper shades and then added all my pretties.